Floods and land­slides hit Aceh

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FLOODSand land­slides in In­done­sia’s Aceh and North Su­ma­tra prov­inces have killed at least 80 peo­ple and forced tens of thou­sands to flee to higher ground, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day.

Aceh, still feel­ing the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of the 2004 tsunami, was hard­est hit. Rid­wan Su­laiman, head of so­cial af­fairs in the prov­ince, said the death toll was now 42, al­though the fig­ure could go higher as res­cuers reach more re­mote vil­lages.

Au­thor­i­ties said an es­ti­mated 42,000 res­i­dents had been driven from their homes by the flood­wa­ters.

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